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FAQs

Find answers to frequently asked questions about commencement. 

General Commencement Questions

I missed the Student Town Hall meeting on 4/28/21. Where can I view the video and slides presented?
Watch the recorded Student Town Hall meeting here.
Download the slideshow presentation here (.pdf)

Where can I order announcements and rings? 
Announcements and rings can be ordered at www.Jostens.com 

Where can I order/pick up my regalia? 
Students must have regalia in order to participate in commencement ceremonies. If you need regalia, please contact Mary Vitelli in the Bookstore at 407-646-2133. Students will be able to pick up their regalia in the bookstore starting on April 212021. Please contact the Bookstore if you need assistance.

I will need special seating. How do I reserve that? 
If you or your guest require special seating, please fill out this survey. 

Is anyone taking photos during the ceremony? 
Rollins has contracted with GradImages to take photographs of the graduates during the commencement ceremony. The company will contact the graduates regarding purchasing photographs after the ceremony. 

How many tickets will I receive? 
CLA Class of 2021:
For the College of Liberal Arts, each student who plans to attend commencement, and who completes the post-graduation survey, will receive three (3) tickets for guests. The survey takes five minutes or less to complete, and the information is kept confidential.

CLA Class of 2020:
For the College of Liberal Arts, each student who plans to attend commencement, and who completes the post-graduation survey, will receive four (4) tickets for guests. The survey takes five minutes or less to complete, and the information is kept confidential.

Holt Class of 2020 & Class of 2021:
For the Holt School, each student who plans to attend commencement, and who completes the post-graduation survey, will receive four (5) tickets for guests. The survey takes five minutes or less to complete, and the information is kept confidential.

What if I missed the graduate event on Friday, April 30? Where can I pick up my tickets? 
Ticket pickup is available in the Center for Career & Life Planning the week of May 3-7, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. as wellTickets will also be available the day of Commencement at the Will Call tent, under your name but only families/guests can pick them up on that day. 

I’m graduating with honors. Where do I get my tassel? 
Students graduating with Latin honors will receive their honors tassel when they pick up tickets. 

Students traditionally are permitted to wear

  • Pins, cords, and stoles representing academic honor societies, cultural organizations, and student leadership and service organizations, if the organization is registered at Rollins.
  • Caps may be decorated for graduation. We request that any decoration be suitable for the importance of the occasion. We reserve the right to ask students to remove any decoration that might be deemed offensive.
  • Air horns, champagne bottles, beach balls, etc., are not permitted during the commencement ceremony.

Why was this location chosen?
In order to abide by the College’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols, the College’s traditional location of Alfond Sports Center was not an option this year. Knowing an in-person experience was preferable, we worked closely with students to determine the most pragmatic solution health and safety-wise, while providing a celebratory, in-person experience that accommodates family members. In addition, Showalter Stadium offers a robust sound, stage, and technical system that fits our needs. 

Where is Showalter Stadium?
Showalter Stadium is an easily accessible location approximately 2.5 miles from the Rollins campus. It is the stadium for Winter Park High School, allowing for maximum physical distancing, as well as plenty of nearby parking. The address is: Showalter Stadium, 2525 Cady Way, Winter Park, FL 32792.

Were Alfond Sports Center or other locations on campus considered?
The Alfond Sports Center, an indoor space, was not a feasible option for us this year. We looked at other outdoor spaces around campus, but we simply do not have the room to safely accommodate the number of people involved in all of our commencement ceremonies. Once these two factors were determined, we looked outside our campus community and are pleased and grateful we found a great partner in Winter Park High School.

Are you concerned about outdoor commencement ceremonies? 
We intentionally chose early times to avoid the hottest part of the day. Though we do not expect weather to delay or impact the ceremonies, we will monitor the weather, and provide updates to any delay to the start of the ceremonies. At this time, there is not a rain date.

I’m a 2020 Crummer grad, and my commencement last year was virtual. Do I have an option of attending an in-person ceremony this year?
Yes. Crummer Class of 2020 grads are being invited to the Class of 2021 ceremony.

Will masks be required for graduates as they cross the stage?
Yes. Masks are required by all attendees during the duration of the ceremony, including graduates walking across the stage.

Will livestream be offered?
Yes, more information will be shared at a later date.

What are my options for parking?
There is sufficient parking at Showalter Field, including spaces at Brookshire Elementary School, directly across the street. We will have other space available, and will continue to monitor and update parking options as the event dates near.

Where can I find the most recent information or announcements about Commencement?
Please continue to check this page for the most up-to-date information.

What are the dates and times for the 2021 commencement ceremonies? 
Crummer Graduate School of Business commencement will be Sunday, May 9 2021 at 9:30 a.m. at the Showalter Field. 

College of Liberal Arts and Hamilton Holt ceremonies will take place at the following times on  Saturday, May 8, 2021: 

  • 8:30 a.m.: College of Liberal Arts Class of 2021 
  • 12:30 p.m.: College of Liberal Arts Class of 2020  
  • 5 p.m.: Holt Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 

If I have been fully vaccinated at the time of the commencement ceremonies, do I still have to wear a face mask? 
Yes. For the safety of everyone, all attendees must wear masks for the duration of the ceremonies. 

Will sanitizing occur between ceremonies? 
Yes. Sanitizing will take place between each ceremony. This will consist of (wiping down chairs, etc.) 

About how long will the ceremony be? 
While the exact length may vary, we expect each ceremony will be around an hour and a half. 

Will there be a commencement speaker? 
For the purposes of event flow, there will be no speaker this year at the CLA, Holt and Crummer commencement ceremonies. 

Are guests allowed for CLA Class of 2020? 
Yes  

Will commencement be recorded/streamed? 
Yes, each ceremony will be livestreamed and posted to https://www.rollins.edu/commencement/ 

Can I purchase additional tickets? 
In order to adhere to our COVID health and safety guidelines, no additional tickets are available for purchase. 

Can I decorate my cap? 
Yes. You can decorate your caps! If anything is offensive, we'll ask you to remove it. 

I’m attending the Holt commencement. Can I get an extra ticket? 
No, at this time all tickets have been distributed through the Holt lottery. 

Where do I take the survey? 
The Post-Graduation Survey for 2021 CLA & Holt sent out via email and is on Handshake (First-Destination Survey). Class of 2020 CLA & Holt were sent an email survey on 4/27 from the CCLP to complete. If you have survey questions, email asmeehan@rollins.edu. 

If another student isn’t going to use all of their tickets, are they allowed to give them to other students? 
Each student must pick up their unique tickets; who they give them to is up to them.

Does a toddler need a ticket? 
A toddler on someone’s lap will not require a ticket. This applies to young toddlers and infants only (age 2 and under). 

I’m a Holt student. When should I arrive? 
Holt students should arrive at Showalter Field by 4 p.m. You will check in and then proceed to your seat.  

Are there restrooms at Showalter Field? 
Yes, see the map on the commencement website. 

I have ADA accommodations, do I need a special parking pass? 
You do not need to have a pass. When your guests pull into the parking area, off of Perth, parking attendants will be able to assist and guide them. 

Will there be a big screen at graduation for better viewing? 
Yes, there will be two screens on either side of the platform. 

Are there assigned seats for graduates? 
Seats are not assigned for CLA 2020, but they are for CLA 2021, Crummer and Holt Class of 2020 and 2021.  

I’m a Holt student and have already received my diploma and cover. Do we still need to take the one on stage? 
Yes, you'll want to take it for the photo!  

I’m an international student. Can I wear a sash representing the country I am from?  
Yes! 

Are there restrictions on women’s shoes? 
No high or spiked heels are allowed on the grass at Showalter Field. We recommend flatswedges, block or thicker heels for women. If spike heels are worn, we will ask students to remove them as they could damage the field or potentially cause injury. Your health and well-being is of the upmost importance, so if you have a medical or muscular condition, please email commencement@rollins.edu. 

Are guests allowed to wear heels? 
Yes, as they will not be on the grass. 

What’s the rain plan? 
Plans will be posted Friday night by 8 p.m. on the Commencement website. We'll be monitoring the forecast carefully leading up to the ceremonies. Rain will likely mean no change in plans, but lightning would cause us to alter our plans. Those decisions will be made closer to the event. 

Which ceremony do December 2020 grads attend? 
December 2020 grads attend the Class of 2021 ceremony.  

Where do graduate students pick up their hoods? 
Master's hoods will be picked up from the Bookstore with your regalia 

Can you wear a custom stole that has my academic honor societies and my country flag? 
Yes 

When will we get our photos from the ceremony? Is there a cost associated? 
You will get a small piece of info with photo info from Grad Images, and can purchase accordingly 

How will the guests be seated? Will they be separated by tickets, or will everyone be 6 feet apart?  
Your party can sit together (no assigned seats). The groupings will be 6 feet apart. 

While we are seated, can we take off the robes and only wear them when we walk to the stage/cross it/return to seats?  
We ask you that you keep your robe on for the duration of the event.